We use Lodge brand cast iron pre-seasoned skillets. The "seasoning" is a coat of oil that helps make the pan resistant to sticking. If we were perfect, we'd always remember these cardinal rules of cast-iron cookware care:
- Don't use soap!
- Don't put them in the dishwasher to be washed with detergent!
- Don't soak it!
- Don't allow to air dry!
- Do clean with a stiff brush or scouring pad, hot water, and elbow grease. Towel dry.
- Wash the pan thoroughly with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush or scouring pad.
- Dry completely.
- Apply a thin, even coating of melted solid vegetable shortening, margarine, or vegetable oil to the pan (inside and out) with a cloth or paper towel.
- Place aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any dripping.
- Set oven temperature to 350 – 400 degrees F.
- Place pan upside down on the top rack of the oven.
- Bake the cookware for at least one hour. After the hour, turn the oven off and let the cookware cool in the oven.
- Store the cookware uncovered, in a dry place when cooled.
- Read EWG report on the dangers of Teflon, which include smaller birth weight and size in newborn babies, elevated cholesterol, abnormal thyroid hormone levels, liver inflammation and weakened immune defense against disease. Yikes!
- Lodge Cast Iron Cookware website
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